Davinson Sanchez was culpable for both of the United States’ goals on Thursday night, as Colombia beat the U.S. 4-2 in an international friendly.
The Tottenham Hotspur centre-half’s shaky display is worrying news for the club’s defensive strength, as Jan Vertonghen was recently ruled out until December due to injury.
It appears Sanchez will be marshalling the Spurs backline for the foreseeable future, yet the 22-year-old’s display against the Americans will have done little to inspire confidence back in north London.
For the U.S.’ first goal, Sanchez made a mess of a cross in from the left wing, flicking on a header that placed the ball right on the foot of the incoming Kellyn Acosta, who equalised from close range.
And, just moments later, Sanchez was caught out on the counterattack, making the poor decision to step towards the onrushing Tim Weah. The Colombian centre-half was flat-footed and was easily bypassed by Weah’s pass, slotting the ball through to Bobby Wood for America’s second goal.
Colombia ended up dominating the match and pulled away with three second-half strikes, yet during the few moments when the U.S. pressured the South Americans, Sanchez looked shaky and inconsistent.
The poor international performance of Tottenham’s Colombian centre-back will cause concern for Spurs in the coming months, as Sanchez will be forced to start week in, week out in the absence of Jan Vertonghen.